Canada becomes the first G7 nation to mainstream marijuana use all over the country with a bill it passed earlier on Wednesday.
Marijuana gets a milestone win in Canada on Wednesday when the Senate passed a bill that will allow adults carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public. The law also permits people to plant up to four plants at home and make edibles for their personal use.
Like alcohol use for most countries, consumers must be 18 years old and unavailable to minors.
Even with the milestone legislation, store owners in Nova Scotia and Manitoba have said they won’t have a large selection, at least on the first day.
‘My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis],’ Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke’s Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s said.
Canada follows Uruguay as the second nation to pass legislation mainstreaming a nationwide marijuana market after 5 years of its legalization. It is the first G7 nation to take this move.
The cannabis act, as it’s called, is a campaign promise of the Prime minister, Justin Trudeau who pledges to curb marijuana-related crime and keep marijuana away from underage.
‘It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate, he tweeted.
The decision worries some health care professionals in Canada who fears the law may be abused. It is expected that stringent rules would accompany the purchase and use of the substance.
One measure to check the law is the control of where it can be purchased – retailers regulated by provinces or from federally licensed producers – not open stores like alcohol is sold.
Canada also updated its laws on driving under the influence of cannabis to reflect the same principles of safety needed on the roads.
Legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada. The industry took in nearly $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics, equivalent to the entire snack bar industry.
The US already allows recreational Marijuana use in some form in 30 states, says the National Conference of State Legislatures.